O Lord my God - arr. William Boyce (Pelham Humfrey)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-24)   CPDL #41228:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-09-24).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce). Clefs modernised. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #22048:     
Editor: Tim Risher (submitted 2010-08-02).   Score information: Letter, 14 pages, 291 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: The continuo part has been realised in a simple fashion, I leave it up to the performer to embellish. William Boyce has altered several harmonies, removing some of the more unusual chromatic notes (alas)!

General Information

Title: O Lord My God
Composer: Pelham Humfrey
Arranger: William Boyce
Lyricist: Psalm 22 vv. 1,14,19,16-18

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published:

Description: This is the O Lord my God  by Pelham Humfrey, but in a truncated version that appears in Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce). Boyce also altered chords and filled out harmonies, as well as to update the work to the fashion of his own day.

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Original text and translations

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Verse:
O Lord my God, why hast thou forsaken me,
and art so far from my health and from the words of my complaint?
I am poured out out, like water,
all my bones are out of joint,
my heart also in the midst of my body,
is ev'n like melting wax.

Chorus:
But be not thou far from me O Lord,
thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.

Verse:
For many dogs are come about me,
and the counsel of the wicked lay'th siege against me.
They pierc'd my hands and my feet; I may tell all my bones,
They stand staring and looking upon me,
they part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Chorus:
But be not thou far from me O Lord,
thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.